With the world in the current state that it is, sometimes you just need a good cry, and what better way to get those tears flowing than a heart wrenching flick? From tales of star crossed lovers to stories inspired by true events, we’ve done the emotional hard yards for you and uncovered the very best sad movies on Netflix.
Grab the tissues and a pillow to cuddle, things are about to get emotional.
Life As We Know It
This one is more of a romantic drama variety but trust us when we say it will get the tears flowing early on. It goes like this: Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Eric (Josh Duhamel) immediately hate each when set up on a blind date by their best friends. And while they tolerate each other over the years, uptight Holly and man child Eric have to put their differences aside when they become guardians of their friends’ baby after a tragic accident.
Miss You Already
Besties since primary school, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) do everything together—from their first kiss to career highlights, they share in all the highs and lows. But when Milly is diagnosed with breast cancer, everything changes. Jess puts off her IVF treatment, so she can focus on Milly but when the chemo takes a toll on everything from their relationship to their families the BFFs face their toughest challenge yet. This flick will have you crying down the phone to your bestie, telling them how much you love them.
Tyler (Robert Pattinson) has struggled to have a good relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) ever since a tragedy tore their family apart. Rebellious, young and with the weight of the world on his shoulders, Tyler starts to spiral out of control. But when a twist of fate sees him meet Ally, she offers him a chance to be his true self. But as they fall in love, hidden secrets are revealed and threaten to tear them apart. Warning: nothing will prepare you for the end of this flick so keep those tissues nice and close.
If you haven’t shed a waterfall of tears in this heart-breaking love story then you’re not human. If you’re one of the few people in the world that hasn’t cried over this epic film, let us enlighten you. Adapted from Nicholas Spark’s book of the same name, The Notebook tells the story of poor, young lumbermill worker Noah and heiress Allie, who fall in love during one summer in small town America in the 1940s.
The Blind Side
Whenever something is inspired by a true story, it just makes the tears flow that much quicker and this one is a real doozy. The Blind Side tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless teen who has been the victim of emotional and physical abuse his whole life. But everything changes when he’s adopted by local do-gooder Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her family, who introduce Michael to football and proceed to change the course of his life.
The Best Of Me
Nicholas Sparks has done it again. This time he introduces us to high school sweethearts Amanda and Dawson who are torn apart by a tragic accident. Fast forward to 20 years later and the duo reconnects when they return to their hometown for a funeral. Sparks fly once again, but of course this movie made the list for a reason... soon enough the dark forces that separated them all those years ago return and the results are devastating.
The Lovely Bones
From the eerie and intense book of the same name, you’ll want to keep the tissues close for this flick. The Lovely Bones follows 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), who after being brutally murdered watches on from heaven as her devastated family (Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz) deal with her death.
P.S I Love You
When Holly’s husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) passes away from illness, she loses the one true love of her life. Knowing how hard Holly will take his death, Gerry plans ahead penning her a series of heart wrenching letters designed to ease her grief and encourage her to move forward to a new life. Cue mass, blubbering tears for pretty much every minute of this flick.
A Star Is Born
Brace your hearts for the passionate-filled story of Jack and Ally. The former is the world’s biggest music star, the latter becomes his muse and then an artist in her own right. But the lovers soon find out that fame comes with a huge and devastating cost. The on-screen chemistry between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper is pure fireworks which only makes for a more emotional rollercoaster.
This flick deals with a lot—racism, war and classism. Taking place in Mississippi in the early 1940s, two soldiers return home from World War II to find their families—one white, one black—are linked by a muddy plot of land. Despite racial tension, the former soldiers form an unexpected friendship that supersedes the prejudice of their small town. But with strict segregation laws and racism rife, it’s not long before their bond draws unwanted attention.
If you’re looking for the world’s most picture-perfect couple, then Abbie and Sam are it. From childhood besties to newly engaged lovers, these two are the perfect match. But in the midst of planning their dream wedding, Abbie finds out she has cancer and it changes everything. Now she’s faced with the heartbreaking decision of whether she should help plan Sam’s future without her or live every day (however many she has left) for the moment.
There’s random acts of kindness and then there’s the extreme. Seven Pounds’ Tim Thomas (Will Smith) is the latter. After surviving a traumatic car accident and in the hopes of gaining redemption, Tim decides to save seven people by donating his vital organs. He sets off on a mission to find people who are worthy but, in the process, falls in love with one of them. Yep, it’s about to get complicated and teary.
Now you've cried a river, it's time to treat yourself to these feel good flicks.
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